After losing 1-0 to the Capitals, and losing Scott Laughton to injury, Craig Berube decided to shake up his forward lines. The top line would revert back to what has worked in the past, as Michael Raffl found himself back with Giroux and Voracek. Brayden Schenn was put in the middle of Umberger and Simmonds, and Zac Rinaldo found himself back in the lineup with Couturier and Read. The only line that remained intact was the “4th” line of Vinny Lecavalier, Chris VandeVelde, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
The game started with some great pressure from the Flyers, and an early fight from Wayne Simmonds as he dropped the gloves with Bieksa after being hit by him. That pressure would abruptly stop after that, as the Canucks started pushing back and Nick Bonino would score. Bonino came in on the rush and decided to embarrass the Flyers as he made a spin move to easily get around Del Zotto and just shoot the puck far side to beat Emery. After a miserably failed Flyers power play, Carlo Colaiacovo takes a holding penalty which, of course, the Canucks score on to make it 2-0. Daniel Sedin takes a slap shot from the point that Henrik Sedin redirects into the top of the net as he rushed to the front. Soon after the 2nd goal, we learned that the crowd was done with Emery and already wanted Rob Zepp back between pipes, as Dave Isaac tweeted.
Very audible “WE WANT ZEPP” chant.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) January 16, 2015
That wasn’t all the 1st period brought us though, as with 4:45 left, the Flyers got their 2nd power play of the game to do absolutely nothing with. Throughout four minutes of power play time, the Flyers got just one shot and it was when VandeVelde deflected a point shot right into Miller. The second period begins with Emery giving up his 3rd goal of the game on just 12 shots, and out he goes. Zepp gets welcomed into the game by a turnover that leads to a breakaway for Hansen, who scores to make it 4-0 just 20 seconds after Emery got pulled. The penalties began to show, as after 8 seconds of a Flyers power play, Del Zotto takes an elbowing call. Almost immediately after, Edler interferes with Voracek giving the Flyers an odd 4-on-3 power play. While the Flyers had some good chances, nothing got finished and it would remain 4-0. Yet again, another Flyer gets cut with a skate. This time it’s Chris VandeVelde, but at least he seemed okay, and remained on the bench. The fans at the game are unhappy as the 2nd period ends, as expected, and so am I.
boos are even louder as the horn sounds …
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) January 16, 2015
As the 3rd began the Flyers had 20 minutes to avoid being shutout in back-to-back games. They didn’t. Over 140 minutes straight without scoring a goal. Game over. The Flyers showed up for the first four minutes of the game, and well that’s just not enough to win a game (or score a goal tonight). The Flyers have now been shutout 6 times this season. Can we score on Buffalo? I sure hope so.